Troy Renck of the Denver Post has an article up looking at a lot of Colorado Rockies off-season notes, but in his footnotes has a mention about the Pittsburgh Pirates. Renck expects the Pirates to pursue Clint Barmes, who played with Colorado from 2003-2010, with most of those years being under Clint Hurdle.
In my review of the shortstop free agent market, I noted that Barmes was one of the best options available for the Pirates, after the top guys like Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins. The main appeal with Barmes is his defense. He's posted some amazing numbers in the past three years at the shortstop position, looking at his UZR/150. He had a 29.3 UZR/150 in 2009, although he only played 103 innings at the position. In 2010 he had a 14.9 UZR/150, playing 361 innings at the position. ...
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